How are you doing this fine Monday morning, the first Monday after we go back on Daylight Savings Time?
I am just about back to normal (whatever that is), barely 36 hours into DST.
Talking with a colleague yesterday, though, I had this realization. I recover more quickly from starting Daylight Savings Time (losing an hour) than I do from going back to Standard Time (gaining an hour). I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that before now, but I am finding more and more that I think about things I had never thought about before. Perhaps it is a factor of aging. More on that another time.
Shouldn’t it be easier to adapt to having an extra hour than to losing one? I know that in the fall, though, when we “fall back,” I feel some level of groggy for at least a week.
I have a theory as to why I adjust better in the spring than in the fall.
Eugene Peterson first opened my eyes to the biblical record from Genesis that lives on in the lives of Jews: “there was evening, and there was morning, the______ day.” Days begin at sunset. ( I read this first in Working the Angles, during my last semester of seminary.)
Beginning the day at sunset, Peterson suggests, means starting the day with God’s action rather than our own. Sleep is time of preparation for the rest of the day rather than recovery from the day. Thus, the pattern of living is of the creature(s) living in response to the Creator.
Sadly, I feel like I recover faster from losing than gaining an hour because I am so used to depending on me rather than on God. If I lose an hour, I can make up for it; push harder, work a bit more, etc.
But if I gain an hour there is that extra hour, pure gift – not earned, but received. The way I tend to live, I don’t know what to do with an extra hour!
Do you? I mean, reading that, my first thought would be, sure, I would live an extra hour every week, maybe daily. But what would you do with an extra hour?
You would fill it. With something, anything, but you would fill it. That’s what I would do – that is what I do. I fill it, then that leaves the next hour, and so on, and so on….
Come this fall, when I have that extra hour that I fully intend not to fill.
Between now and then, I will work on more intentionally on living in response to what God does/is doing rather than living as though God ought to be making up for what I’ve done.